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Our sound for today is… sh


You have recapped all of your set 1 single letter sounds now! What a brilliant job you have done at doing so and in using these sounds to begin to read words. We will now begin to start learning our set 1 special friends sounds, beginning with 'sh'. Special friends sounds are sounds that have more than one letter but make one sound. You might also hear them referred to as digraphs. The sound 'sh' has two letters that make one sound. As this is a brand new sound please tune into the RWI lesson on YouTube with Ruth this morning to find out how to read, say and write the sound.

Once you have learnt all about your new sound 'sh' with Ruth, you might like to go on a hunt around the house for things that have this sound in. Geraldine has had a look around her house for items containing the sound 'sh', why not have a look at what she has found. 

Geraldine the Giraffe learns the /sh/ sound

Get more activities, more resources and of course, more Geraldine, from Mr T's Phonics - here: We make le...


Now you have had a go at listening to and saying the sound 'sh', we are going to learn how to write this sound. Take a look at the video below and see how I formed the sound 'sh'. Remember we say...


s - "Slither down the snake."

h - "Down the head to the hooves and over his back."


Or, if you can confidently form these letters without saying the above, you can say 'sssssssss' and 'h-h-h-h-h-h-h' as you form them instead. See my example below. 

Handwriting - sh

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If you log onto our Google Classroom page (where we meet for our story times/bingo each day), I have recorded a video showing you how we read words with our new special friend sound 'sh' in.


Once you have watched this video, have a go at reading the words below for yourself this time. 









If you are up for a challenge, can you use your Fred talk to read the sentences below? There is a red word in the second sentence, this is a word we cannot use our Fred talk for. Can you remember what the word says?



A big fish.



In the shop.


If you would like to continue to practise reading words with 'sh' in, why not visit the Phonics Play website and have a game of 'Obb and Bob' selecting the sound 'sh' as your focus. If you wish to practise reading more sentences in your books, why not log onto the Bug Club and choose another story to read. 


Can you now have a go at spelling these words? You might like to use your sound cards or magnetic letters to spell today rather than a pencil and paper. The choice is yours .







Writing challenge: Can you write a short sentence about the picture below (e.g. It is a fish). Remember to pinch the sounds onto your fingers before you write each word down.